WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla High School JROTC WAHI Rifle Team is celebrating winning the Junior Olympic Three Position Air Rifle National Title.
The Walla Walla High School team of Cadet Captain Caitlyn Lasseigne, Cadet Staff Sergeant Sarah Jameson, Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Juergensen and Cadet Staff Sergeant Andrew Jenkins won with a score of 2330 out of 2400, clinching the national title by three points, beating out 37 other teams.
The team performance on Saturday included personal best scores for three of the team's shooters, including the team high score by Cadet Staff Sergeant Sarah Jameson, 591 out of 600.
"A year ago, I didn't think a 591 was possible." said Jameson. "I think we all learned that we are capable of much more than we thought."
Wa-Hi beat teams who have 40-60 precision shooters vying for the top four team spots. Jameson's score placed her 5th individually in the match, earning her an individual medal as well. Walla Walla High School last claimed a national championship rifle title in 1928.
Cadet Captain Lasseigne and Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Juergensen became the second and third shooters in WAHI history to earn the National Junior Distinguished Shooter's Badge, an honor that less than 600 shooters nationwide have taken in the 25 years the program has been in service.